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2nd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K Set For Dec. 7

Looking for a fun way to work off those Thanksgiving calories? Then look no farther than Lakewood next month.

The City of Lakewood’s 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Rock 5K is set for 9 a.m., Dec. 7 at Lakewood City Hall.

The event – presented by Lakewood’s very own St. Clare Hospital - is a great way to celebrate your community during the holidays, and it’s perfect for all members of the family, including the furry ones.

The course begins and ends at the round-about in front of Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main Street SW. Stay for a rocking after-party that will include refreshments, music, crafts, and fun for the kiddos. Dress for the weather as this 5K will run - rain or shine.

And here’s one of the coolest things for those participating in this year’s 5K: The first 200 registrants get a commemorative, black, long-sleeve t-shirt.

Cost is $25 a person. You can preregister or register the day of the event.

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See you all there, bright and early!

Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery Opens Charming Café in Lakewood

Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery, at the intersection of Steilacoom Boulevard and Edgewater Drive SW in Lakewood, Wash., recently got off the ground serving the South Sound community with an array of delectable food and beverages.

After three years of searching for the perfect location, founder and owner Lindsey Hubbard discovered a locale that fit her dream of a charming French-style café at 8813 Edgewater Drive SW. Hubbard’s inspiration to open a warm and relaxing eatery stemmed from past traveling excursions in Europe, her entrepreneurial spirit and to continue her family legacy in the crepe business. She learned the culinary arts from her aunt, Tara Cozette, who trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and passed down the passion for pastries and cooking to Hubbard.

“We’re very grateful for how well we’ve been received in the Lakewood community,” said Hubbard. “We want to make our customers happy by providing them with delicious food and make them feel like part of the family at Frenchy’s.”

Frenchy’s serves a variety of food such as fresh breakfast sandwiches, Panini sandwiches, gourmet soups and their signature offering, crepes. The café also crafts coffee and espresso drinks roasted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters. Serving both savory and sweet crepes, Frenchy’s customers are fond of the Sunriser and Tuscan crepes. The Sunriser is filled with cheddar cheese, eggs and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage. The Tuscan consists of provolone cheese, chicken and spinach. For those with a sweet tooth, both the Parisian and Bavarian crepes are a popular choice. The Parisian crepe contains butter, lemon juice and powdered sugar, and the Bavarian is a mix of cream and strawberries.

Frenchy’s customer base includes retired senior citizens that enjoy the early bird specials. Frequent traffic also comes from college students and the military community for whom Frenchy’s provides student and military discounts.

“It is always exciting to see new businesses blossom in the Lakewood area,” says Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We look forward to seeing what this family business cooks up in the future.”

Frenchy’s Café and Crêpery is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon-Fri, and 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat-Sun. For more information, visit their website, http://www.frenchyscafe.net/ and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Frenchys2013 .

Hobby Lobby Coming to Lakewood

Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held national retail chain of crafts and home decor stores, is pleased to announce it has signed a lease to open a store in Lakewood, WA. Construction is underway on this 55,000 square-foot building, formerly occupied by Kmart, located at 5319 100th Street SW.

Hobby Lobby's ninth store in Washington is projected to open in the first quarter of 2014, bringing about 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $14 per hour for full time and $9.50 per hour for part-time associates.

“Lakewood and its surrounding area have many vibrant crafting communities that we look forward to serving,” stated John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising. “We are very pleased to become an integral part of yet another community by providing new jobs, exceptional selection and value in the crafts and home decor market, and revitalizing an empty facility, all of which enables us to share in the economic growth of both the community and the state.”

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family’s garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded. Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, and jewelry, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

For more information about Hobby Lobby, our weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit our website at www.hobbylobby.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hobbylobby .

Marijuana: What’s The City of Lakewood’s Take?

Here’s a FAQ for residents

There’s so much information – and misinformation – floating out there about Initiative 502 and the recreational use of marijuana that it’s hard for residents to discern fact from fiction.

In the City of Lakewood, elected leaders are discussing how to move forward on marijuana business rules. It’s not as easy it might sound. City leaders must balance the federal prohibition of marijuana use against the State of Washington, where residents passed I-502 to legalize recreational use of the drug. That included a majority of voters in Lakewood.

To help residents cut through the haze and get to the City’s stance on recreational marijuana, we have produced this FAQ sheet that should help make it clear:

Has the City of Lakewood banned marijuana?
No. The City relies on rules that allow the denial of a business license if that business is conducting, “in whole or in part, activity that is illegal under local, state or federal law.” (Not all cities have this code, by the way). Because the City has the ability to deny a business license to produce, distribute or sell marijuana, a ban or moratorium is unnecessary.
Q. Will the City deny a business license to sell marijuana within its limits?
That’s a tougher question for which the answer depends on different factors. It’s the whole state-vs.-federal conundrum. The State of Washington has acknowledged that it will develop more rules as I-502 takes effect, but state law makes recreational marijuana use legal. However, there’s no sign that the federal government will remove its prohibition on the drug, which leaves the City of Lakewood and other local governments possibly open to litigation. The City will have to consider the risk of following state law against the risk of following federal law, which again could make the City liable for interfering with a business enterprise. As a general rule, Lakewood takes into consideration the impact of any proposed business within its limits, including public safety, community image and the sentiment of residents.
Why can’t the City of Lakewood zone for retail marijuana?
One of the things about I-502 is it limits local control of marijuana regulation. Instead, the State has placed its own restrictions on sales, including the number of marijuana shops a local government is allowed and those shops’ proximity to sensitive facilities such as daycares and schools. The City does have the authority to zone an area as residential, commercial, industrial, etc., but it can’t zone a specific form of business, such as marijuana. For instance, a shop won’t be able to open in a residential zone because commercial activity – such as the sale of marijuana, cars, clothes, food or any other product, for that matter – is prohibited in those areas.
What is the State of Washington’s role in retail marijuana?
The State is in the process of implementing I-502 statewide. Initially, the theory was all marijuana sales would be state-regulated, like the way it does with liquor. Recently, there have been questions over whether local governments can completely ban marijuana, and those questions have yet to be answered. What we know: Although the City determines what types of businesses can operate in Lakewood, the State determines whether a business can sell marijuana, as it’s responsible for licensing of all retail marijuana sales. As we said before, the state determines how many shops are allowed within a city, as well as their proximity to places such as daycares and schools.
So then, how many stores will be allowed in Lakewood?
The State of Washington has allotted up to two retail marijuana shops. (By the way, this doesn’t include production and distribution facilities). Again, only two marijuana shops will be allowed in the City of Lakewood. The State has also imposed a 1,000-foot-buffer around those sensitive facilities that we mentioned before. As a business, retail marijuana can be sold only in commercial zones, and it can’t locate within a buffer zone even if it is commercial. If more than two retailers apply for licenses, the state will conduct a lottery for the right to the available spots. The State will also perform an analysis of the retailer and the proposed establishment, including a criminal background check and security of the proposed facility. As part of the state licensing process – which mirrors the liquor-licensing process - the local government can offer its input. That input can consist of fact-based concerns with the location, such as crime statistics. Ultimately, decisions regarding who gets to sell marijuana specifically in the City of Lakewood are entirely the State’s.

Bottom line: You won’t see more than two marijuana shops in Lakewood, and those shops will have to locate in pretty specific areas.
So, will people be allowed to smoke marijuana in the same places where they can smoke tobacco?
Nope. State law makes it an infraction to use marijuana in public.
Will tax revenue generated by marijuana sales benefit the City of Lakewood?
Nothing in I-502 specifically directs tax revenues to the City. That said, the manner in which marijuana sales tax revenue will be distributed has yet to be determined. Some argue that cities that ban marijuana sales shouldn’t benefit from the tax revenue, while others suggest that the impact of marijuana sales transcends city boundaries. We’ll report back when the issue becomes clearer.

City Departments Join Forces To Improve Street Landscapes

Residents might have noticed a sprucing up of Lakewood’s streets over the past six months.

The cleaner, brighter streets and sidewalks are no accident. They’re the result of a pair of departments from the City of Lakewood coming together to get the job done quicker and more efficiently.

In May, the City asked its Parks, Recreation and Community Services department to temporarily manage the streets landscape program – a job that included reviewing the overall work program and providing resources and support to keep pace with ongoing maintenance and special projects.

Based on a successful work program and a knack for getting the job done, the PRCS was a natural fit to work with Public Works’ streets landscape program. Together, they were able to share resources and best practices to improve areas across the City. The benefits included:

  • Improved efficiency
  • Utilization of a daily schedule and best practices
  • Ability to work on special projects
  • Improved oversight of the program

But the result the public has noticed? Better-looking street landscapes throughout Lakewood.

“We’re able to get so much more done because we have all of these skills and resources,” said Mary Dodsworth, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director.